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Provincial Housing Minister Rich Coleman stands with Vancouver Native Housing Society director Richard George. VNHS is receiving housing units as part of an aboriginal housing initiative.


A one-time $50-million Aboriginal Housing Initiative will be used to create 292 housing units in 10 communities across B.C. The money comes from the federal and provincial government, as well as other funding partners.

“First nations households living off-reserve are living in inadequate housing or in places they can’t afford,” said Rich Coleman, provincial housing minister, at a press conference on the Downtown Eastside yesterday.

Greater Vancouver is home to between 30,000 to 60,000 aboriginal people, second highest in Canada after Winnipeg.

The funding will create 77 units of housing that will be split between three aboriginal housing societies.

The Vancouver Native Housing Society, partnered with the Dr. Peter Centre, is committing its 30-unit allotment to Vancouver’s homeless aboriginal population with HIV/AIDS.

“It demonstrates the art of possibility, where individuals and societies put their minds and energies together,” said Richard George, Vancouver Native Housing Society chair.

population percentage

  • Aboriginal people represent eight per cent of Vancouver.